The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - with Justin Causby

TEAMS from around the state con­verged on the River Der­went at the week­end for round one of the Tas­ma­nian Trout Clas­sics Se­ries.

Heavy rain from a big southerly front threat­ened to dis­rupt the per­fect fish­ing con­di­tions in the Zip­baits Tas­ma­nia Der­went River Clas­sic, and the re­sult­ing in­flows made it very tough for most teams.

The Der­went was set to pro­duce the goods, with snow­falls two weeks ago timed per­fectly to fire up the sys­tem.

Early on Satur­day, be­fore too much dirty fresh wa­ter had en­tered from trib­u­taries, some very nice fish were taken. As the day pro­gressed it slowed for some teams, while oth­ers found fish late on the bot­tom half of the out­go­ing tide.

At the end of the day it was last year’s Team of the Year cham­pion, Team Burns Liv­ing Dead, hold­ing a very handy buf­fer over the rest of the field.

Sit­ting in sec­ond was Warmisham 1, fol­lowed by E.J. Todd and lo­cal team Sear­ing Tackle.

While the rain eased dur­ing the first day, it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough day two af­ter the con­sid­er­able rain­fall on Fri­day and Satur­day morn­ings.

Both the Lach­lan and Molesworth in­flows were run­ning very hard and dirty, and much of the dirty wa­ter had en­tered from these streams.

It did prove tough, and a three-fish bag from Pat Sul­li­van and Leigh McKen­zie topped day two for Team Sports­fish­tas­ma­ Atomic.

Half the field scored the dreaded dough­nut, and if you found fish it was enough to at least hold if not lift your po­si­tion.

Day one lead­ers Martin Exel and Lau­rie Har­ri­son found two fish and, with their com­fort­able lead, it was more than enough to hold out for the first-up win and the Zip­baits prize pack.

First-time en­trants Peter Reid and Peter Glowacki caught one nice fish and held out for sec­ond and the Tonic Eyewear Po­lar­i­ods.

Jump­ing to third with two su­perb sea-run­ners were Tony Robert­son and Mar­tyn Evans for Sear­ing Tackle, win­ning the Cranka Lures prize.

Tak­ing out the $400 BK cus­tom rod for long­est fish was Mar­tyn Evans with a 57cm sea-run brown.

Re­sults —

Burns Liv­ing Dead (Lau­rie Har­ri­son, Martin Exel), 560cm, 1;

Warmisham Lures 1 (Peter Reid, Peter Glowacki), 383cm, 2; Sear­ing

Tackle (Tony Robert­son, Mar­tyn Evans), 315cm, 3.

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